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1.0 out of 5 stars It does exactly what it says on the cover, 11 Feb. 2005
This review is from: How Not to Deal with a Hoaxer (Paperback)
King Arthur Publications is the trading name of the author. This is a DIY publication [which should give some clue - no respectable publisher would touch it] and it shows.
It has been typed on an ageing typewriter with both tippex and manual hand-written corrections, cut, pasted and photocopied [badly] to form an A5 pamphlet. It is very difficult to read at a practical level, the photocopying quality being sporadic sometimes producing wavy text lines and the cutting and pasting often giving uneven spaces between lines.
If the reader gets past this hurdle, they face another. The writing style is tortuous; each sentence needing to be read several times before any meaning is imparted. It is an insomniac's dream.
To the substantive content. If the reader is looking for any insight into the psychology of a hoax, or any practical guidance on how to spot or deal with such matters they will, like me, be disappointed. It does exactly what it says on the front cover. It chronicles the events of an archaeological hoax, in which the author was duped, in a pathetic attempt to restore his reputation. He even lists the corrections made by the hoaxer to his own hand-written letters to the author. [e.g. The "g" overwrites and "n" here.]. This despite the many obvious corrections in his own "book".
The "work", if it can be called such, is concluded with the words "IGNORE HIM! He will simply waste your time!" I cannot think of a more worthy statement to make about this "book" and its "author".
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